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07:01 AM ET 05.23 | The headline, of course, is that key wide receiver Michael Crabtree may miss the 2013 season. This is a massive development for several reasons, of course led by the assumption that the 49ers are more than capable of getting back to the Super Bowl (and winning this time) and that Crabtree -- and his connection to QB Colin Kaepernick -- is a major piece of that assumption. Now: That Anquan Boldin acquisition sure looks better and better and ... are you ready for a big role on a Super Bowl-driven team, A.J. Jenkins? ... They had Kaepernick ready to go behind [Alex Smith], and now they've got a bunch of receivers they can try to put into Crabtree's spot. I doubt it will be as smooth as the Kaepernick move, though.

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May 23, 2013  07:08 AM ET

Injuries are the only thing that slows down the Niners, expect Eli, of Copurse!!!!!

May 23, 2013  07:24 AM ET

Seriously, Anquan Boldin would have made Crabtree a forgotten man, anyway.

And what, no mention of Randy Moss?

May 23, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Seriously, Anquan Boldin would have made Crabtree a forgotten man, anyway.And what, no mention of Randy Moss?

they'd have to re-sign him for probably just another 1 year deal.

May 23, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

they'd have to re-sign him for probably just another 1 year deal.

Well, actually I was thinking of cannibalizing him for parts.

May 23, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Seriously, Anquan Boldin would have made Crabtree a forgotten man, anyway.And what, no mention of Randy Moss?

They'll be just fine. They'll re-sign Moss and word is Jim and John have worked out a deal on Torrey Smith.

May 23, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Don't know if they're gonna bring back alligator arms Moss.

May 23, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They'll be just fine. They'll re-sign Moss and word is Jim and John have worked out a deal on Torrey Smith.

Resigning Moss would make no impact.

If the Torrey Smith deal involves Patrick Willis, I might go for it.

May 23, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Seriously, Anquan Boldin would have made Crabtree a forgotten man, anyway.

I could see Boldin getting more balls, being more reliable, but they still need a Crabtree-type, for sure.

May 23, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Makes the Boldin trade all that more important. Also could mean that Veron Davis would be more of their deep threat.

May 23, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I could see Boldin getting more balls, being more reliable, but they still need a Crabtree-type, for sure.

Crabtree has shown diva tendencies in the past. I would expect his attitude to deteriorate if Boldin became Kap's go-to guy. It was going to be a competition, but if Crabtree even comes back this season he'll be trying to break back in to an established winning machine.

May 23, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Move Boldin to the #1 slot, Manningham #2 and sign Branden Stokley for the slot for starters?

May 23, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Resigning Moss would make no impact.If the Torrey Smith deal involves Patrick Willis, I might go for it.

Yea right....

May 23, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Move Boldin to the #1 slot, Manningham #2 and sign Branden Stokley for the slot for starters?

Now this could work...

May 23, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Seriously, Anquan Boldin would have made Crabtree a forgotten man, anyway.And what, no mention of Randy Moss?

And no mention of Terrell Owens.

May 23, 2013  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

And no mention of Terrell Owens.

Shhhhhh!

May 23, 2013  02:28 PM ET

Some look at the negative. I'm like Jim Harbaugh, I look at the positive. This is a great opportunity for the team to evaluate all the players that are currently on the roster and clean house of the slackers.

The fortunate coincidence is that Colin Kaepernick has been working and training ever since the Super Bowl with WR's Ricardo Lockette ( 4.34 / 40 ) and A.J. Jenkins ( 1st round draft pick of 2012 ). Both WR's say that working with Kaepernick improved their understanding of the playbook. The 49ers have 2 other WR's that have some speed; Chuck Jacobs ( 4.46 / 40 ) and Marlon Moore ( 4.49/ 40) . Also on the roster are Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Chad Hall, Joe Hastings .

There is also the possibility that they might bring in 1 of 3 ex- 49ers; Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, or Brandon Lloyd. Or even Brandon Stokley.

Crabtrees injury is a setback in his career more than a major weakness to the team. Crabtree is signed through the 2014 season. There was speculation that after the 2014 season Crabtree would want to much money and the 49ers would have to let him go. Even a 1,000+ yard receiving season in 2014 will not bring him the money he was thinking about 2 weeks ago, he would need a season that had him in the Top 5 receiving yards and TD's category. If he was smart he should get his agent to get his contract extended through the 2016 season.

I said just a few days ago when talking about what the 49ers might do with 10 picks in the 2014 draft that the one offensive position the 49ers need to draft in 2014 would be WR. This is because there was still no progress in the 49ers extending Boldins contract, even though they have indicated that they want to. Now it seems imperative to extend Boldins contract and still put more emphasis on drafting a WR, unless 3 of the 49er roster players emerge as starters this summer.

May 23, 2013  02:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Crabtree has shown diva tendencies in the past. I would expect his attitude to deteriorate if Boldin became Kap's go-to guy. It was going to be a competition, but if Crabtree even comes back this season he'll be trying to break back in to an established winning machine.

He is sort of a diva. But now he is no position to be demanding. He has had a shaky career so far, starting with his senior year at Texas Tech in which he fractured a bone in his foot. Then after he was drafted he held out from signing his contract, some people think he held out because he did not want to admit that his foot had not healed yet. Then in 2010 he said his foot was sore all through training camp but mysteriously got better when the season started. In 2011 the CBA prevented him from joining summer practices although he did spend time at what they called "Camp Alex", where Alex Smith lead the team practicing Harbaughs new playbook. 2012 was the first time he really committed to Spring and Summer training, although he did miss a couple of weeks due to a twisted ankle, his commitment to practice led to the best receiving season of his career. With this injury it seems like this will set his Career back at least another year.

May 23, 2013  04:29 PM ET

Mannigham is coming back they'll be alright Using Boldin, Davis, Gore, and Mario until Crabtree comes back in November!

May 23, 2013  04:43 PM ET

Narry,

i'm more interested in how yer QB does this year.

 
May 23, 2013  04:44 PM ET

Narry,

It would be the equilvent of AJ Green[Cincy] injured all this season.[ and he's not a loud mouth neither.]

You should be more worried about yer new starting QB Kap.

[He loves partying.] :)

What happens ifn he degresses, this year?[ as with Andy Dalton.]

Both QBs have 'too excell' both teams expect that both will exceed ,but ,we'll see.

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